Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $149.43 (2/19/2017)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $2.5 MS obverse 1885 $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1885, the Philadelphia Mint struck nearly 18 million Morgan dollars. Clearly, the Mint had their hands full considering how few quarter eagles were struck. A minuscule total of only 800 $2.5 coins were struck in the facility that year. 87 of those were proofs, with the balance being struck with a mint state finish. Today, mint state coins are more plentiful than proofs, but they tend to come in low mint state or below. Proofs on the other hand come pretty nice, with grades hovering around gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/9/2016

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1885 $2.5 MS
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1885 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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1885 $2.5 MS Deep Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 52
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/2/1997 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 7541 $2,530.00
12/14/2003 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1818, 1818/Lot# 1386 $4,730.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3224 $2,645.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4601 $3,450.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7458 $14,950.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Deep Prooflike Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5391 $10,062.50
7/14/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 128136 $1,672.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8709339971066113820482302252527812936314932813365373042024817556364008973114901499219932
8919541020109014412132237626102832300731933309348638874407506558427257981212657166380
00000023762610283230073193330934863887440750655842725798121265700
000000245026952884307832373337360840444612531461218115106511382400
1885 $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base191020202136225723822513258126482913307332943431351838944381501557836644808798271215515310
194620582176229824252535260327362966314633393460364340564592527160707125866710603132060
00000026032736296631463339346036434056459252716070712586671060300
00000026252824301932203385348937684218480355276357760692471137900
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